Roger Bowen from Llanelli Online on Vimeo.

LLANELLI got into the Christmas spirit on Friday (Nov 17) as thousands of people lined the streets from Stradey to the Town Hall as the carnival parade went slowly by.

Bright and colourful Christmas floats belting out festive music were accompanied by large numbers of people taking part on foot and collecting money for the Round Table. The town centre was packed with stalls selling food and crafts and local tourist attractions like Llanelly House did a roaring trade on refreshments and a special BBQ.

The funfair at Spring Gardens was packed and there was a staged area for musical entertainment before and after the switch on of the Christmas lights. The evening culminated in a huge fireworks display over the Town Hall. This really was an event about the people of Llanelli and judging by the crowds it appeared to be the largest turn out to date.

Llanelli Online travelled the carnival route in our van and we were amazed at the amount of people young and old lining the streets, waving, smiling, cheering on the carnival and generously donating by putting money in the buckets.

Llanelli may be down in some people’s eyes but it is most definitely not out. The town came together again having given so generously for the Poppy Appeal and the town will come together once more for the Christmas Reindeer Parade.

There can be no doubt that Llanelli has a big and generous heart and provides a warm welcome to all who visit. It may be worth remembering the words of John F Kennedy albeit localised to’Ask not what Llanelli can do for you, ask what you can do for Llanelli’.

Many thanks to our readers Wayne Jones, Sean Rees, Gareth Isaac and Basia Kliza for the great photographs in our gallery

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Watch our special film of the carnival here soon.

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